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Banning Corporate Farms – Southampton Township, PA

| Written by ILSR Admin | 1 Comment | Updated on Nov 21, 2008 The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at

The links below to the Anti-Corporate Farming model ordinance was drafted for Southampton Township, Pennsylvania by the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund in Shippensburg, PA. The ordinance is modeled after the language of the constitutional amendments passed in Nebraska and South Dakota that ban corporate farms in those states. Similar laws have passed in Thompson Township, Fulton County, Pennsylvania and Wells Township, Fulton County, Pennsylvania. According to the Program on Corporations, Law and Democracy (POCLAD), as of late 2004, 78 Pennsylvania townships have passed laws banning corporate involvement in agriculture. Several townships have passed laws stripping corporations of constitutional protections and powers.

Thereare several exceptions to the ban: Family farm corporations, cooperatives and nonprofit corporations are exempted. Existing corporate farms are "grandfathered" under the ordinance.

TheFund also added a provision dealing with citizen suits – which enables any resident of the Township to sue for enforcement in the event that the Township does not pursue enforcement.

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